The Chaparral Whitethorn (Ceanothus
leucodermis) is native to California and Baja California, Mexico where it blooms
from March to May in San Diego County and the northern mountains of Baja
California. It is an important nutritious resource for browsers and ungulates
like mule deer and bighorn sheep.
Chaparral Whitethorn is a thorny shrub with fluffy pale blue and purple flowers
that bloom in the spring. It grows to about 12 feet tall and prefers dry and
rocky soils with an extensive root system good for soil stabilization.
PHOTO CREDIT: Norman Roberts, SDNHM Botany Dept.